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A protester waives a rainbow flag outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has defied federal court orders to hand out marriage licenses, saying her religious beliefs don't let her endorse same-sex marriage. A judge has ordered her to appear Thursday. If she continues to refuse to follow the law, she could be hit with fines or jail time.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

Friday, September 4, 2015

A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to issue the licenses themselves, potentially ending the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Ky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Kim Davis for contempt after she insisted that her “conscience …

Prosecutor: Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof to face death penalty

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in what authorities said was a racially-motivated crime during Bible study will face a death penalty trial, even though not all the victims’ families support her decision, a prosecutor said Thursday. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Thursday that some crimes are just …

Former Concord man pleads guilty in racist graffiti case, receives one-year jail sentence

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The messages were erased years ago, their bitter words scraped off, painted over, the clapboard sidings on which they were scrawled restored. But for the families inside, they lingered as terrifying reminders of the lives they once fled thousands of miles away, in Rwanda, Somalia, the Congo. “Your subhuman culture,” opened one. “You …

Virginia TV reporter, cameraman killed on air; suspect dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. Authorities identified …

Canterbury police chief waives right to probable cause hearing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Canterbury police chief accused of sexually assaulting a young mentee years ago waived his right Tuesday to a probable cause hearing, in which a judge determines whether enough evidence exists for a case to go to trial. …

Concord psychotherapist accused of fondling young patient, operating practice without a license

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Concord psychotherapist has been charged with fondling a young boy who was his patient, while operating his clinic without a license. Foad Afshar, 55, was charged with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of unlawful mental health practice, for operating …

600 celebrate life of woman killed in supermarket attack

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wendy Boudreau graduated from Thornton Academy in Maine, fell in love with her husband there, and eventually worked there. Hundreds of friends and family attended her funeral Tuesday in the high school’s auditorium, where her daughter said her …

Vandalism at Concord Crew boathouse leaves team out of the water

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A string of vandalism at the Concord Crew boathouse this summer escalated this week, leaving the team mostly landbound just as their season got under way. Someone cut cords required to start the motors of three launch boats …

Warner motorcycle crash seriously injures male operator; police say alcohol involved

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On man was seriously injured after his motorcycle crashed in Warner early Tuesday morning. At approximately 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, state police troopers responded to a report of domestic disturbance on East Main Street in Warner. Police learned the woman involved in the disturbance left the residence in her …

Ex-classmates testify that St. Paul’s grad Owen Labrie boasted about encounter

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Using Owen Labrie’s own words, friends and former St. Paul’s School classmates Monday continued to mount the case against him by portraying the alleged sexual assailant as an impish ringleader with a flair for theatrical, at times lewd, …

Fishing boat hits swimmer in Lake Winnipesaukee

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Authorities said a swimmer is recovering from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a motor boat in Lake Winnipesaukee. The State Police Marine Patrol said an 18-foot outboard fishing boat carrying two men struck the swimmer Sunday morning in Moultonborough. Both occupants of the boat said …

Former employee at Nashua group home charged with sexual assault

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Police said a Massachusetts man charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault was a former employee of the Nashua Children’s Home, where the 16-year-old victim was a resident when the assault occurred. The Telegraph of Nashua reported that 30-year-old Jordan Dorsey of Lawrence, Mass., turned himself into police earlier …

Driver charged with DUI after crash in Derry kills other passenger

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A crash in Derry has left one person dead and another charged with drunken driving. Police said 47-year-old Craig Vanier was driving on Route 102 on Saturday afternoon when his car crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a minivan, pushing it into a third vehicle. The driver of …